Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS INTEREST GROUPS - DNA Interest Group

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DNA Interest Group

Meets: 5th Saturday of most months (check calendar)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance.
Attendees can bring a bag lunch or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building

2015 Meetings:

  • Sunday - April 26, 2015
  • Saturday - August 29, 2015
  • Saturday - October 31, 2015
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    Sunday, April 26, 2015
    The Y-DNA Utility

    Y-DNA Utility is a tool that allows individuals to create Fluxus Engineering's Network phylogenetic trees from a Y-DNA Results page of Family Tree DNA. The resulting chart helps illuminate family relationships and can lead to a new understanding of the family grouping.

    Presenter: Wes Erickson, computer software programmer. Wes studied physics at CalTech before becoming a firefighter. He holds a B.S. in computer sciences and taught at Palomar College in San Marcos. He won the Computing Challenge award of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers in 1998.

    • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
    • 10:10-11:45 "The Y-DNA Utility"
    • 11:45-12:45 Lunch
    • 12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

    $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

    Future Meetings in 2015 & 2016:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the S.C.G.S. Library.
    Sat. August 29, 2015; Sat. October 31, 2015; Sat. January 30, 2016; Sat., April 30, 2016.

    FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
    To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at
    www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS


     

    Saturday, August 29, 2015
    Back to Basics in DNA

    Can you name the four different types of DNA that can
    be tested for genealogical purposes? Are you aware that there are different patterns of inheritance? It is important to define what genealogical puzzle you are trying to solve and then look for the DNA tool that is most suited to solve it.

    Presenter: Cheri Mello was a math teacher and moderator for the former America Online Genealogy Forum where she hosted for the forum's weekly Portuguese Chat. Currently, she lectures DNA, genealogy software, as well as Portuguese genealogy.

    10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
    10:10-11:45 "Back to Basics in DNA"
    11:45-12:45 Lunch
    12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

    $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

    Future Meetings in 2015 & 2016:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the S.C.G.S. Library.
    Sat. October 31, 2015; Sat. January 30, 2016; Sat., April 30, 2016.

    FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
    To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at
    www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS


     

    Saturday, October 31, 2015
    Autosomal DNA Matches with Endogamy: Polynesian DNA

    Polynesian ancestry is complicated because of endogamy (the custom of marrying only within the limits of a local community, clan or tribe). To be able to interpret relationships, one must know 1) the influence of endogamy on atDNA matches; 2) the patterns of normal matches with atDNA and; 3) combine that knowledge in order to weed out any endogamous predicted matches.

    Presenter: Kalani Mondoy is the project administrator for Family Tree DNA's Polynesian DNA Project, see https://www.familytreedna.com/public/hawaiianancestry. He has also created additional information on Polynesian DNA at this site: https://hawaiiandna.wordpress.com

    10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
    10:10-11:45 "Autosomal DNA Matches with Endogamy"
    11:45-12:45 Lunch
    12:45-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

    $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

    Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

    Future Meetings in 2016:
    To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 - 2:00 at the S.C.G.S. Library.
    Sat. January 30, 2016; Sat., April 30, 2016.

    FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
    To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at
    www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS


     


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    The DNA Interest Group was formed in 2005 and held its first meeting in conjunction with the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) in July 2005.

    The group focus is to provide education to assist genealogists to understand the DNA test processes and interpret their test results.

    Since 2005 there have been many changes in the types of DNA test services, the number of DNA test companies for genealogical purposes and evolving databases and tools for analytical purposes. Project administrators coordinate across the various facets of genetic genealogy to help lead the DNA Interest Group members into the future.

    To order a DNA kit from Family Tree go to http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS.

    FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:

    SCGS sponsors two DNA projects through Family Tree DNA:

  • SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME,
  • and the French Heritage Project

    To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or follow this link to order online.